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  • Mount Truax - scramble (July 2023)
  • Blackcomb Buttress - rock climb (July 2023)
  • Whitecap Peak - scramble (July 2023)
  • Mount Hanover - scramble (August 2023)
  • The "Long Traverse" incl. Long, Tynemouth, Arrowhead, Tabletop & Anemone - hike/scramble (August 2023)
  • Armchair Traverse - scramble (August 2023)
  • Snowspider Mountain - scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Trorey - scramble (September 2023)
  • Macleod Peak - scramble (September 2023)
  • Ben Lomond - scramble (September 2023)
  • Mount Killam & Gambier Island - hike (September 2023)
  • Lone Goat & Snow Camp Mountain - hike (September 2023)
  • Isollilock Peak - hike/scramble (October 2023)
  • Manson - Hatfield Traverse - scramble (October 2023)
  • Gargoyles & Columnar Peak - hike (October 2023)
  • Opal Cone and Lava Glacier - hike (October 2023)
  • Park Butte (WA) - hike (October 2023)
  • Trappers Peak (WA) - scramble (October 2023)
  • Rattlesnake Ledge (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Sauk Mountain (WA) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Daniel & Pender Hill (Sunshine Coast) - hike (November 2023)
  • Mount Dickerman (WA) - hike (November 2022)
  • Winter's End (Verona Peak) - hike/snowshoe (November 2023)
  • Dolomites (Italy) - snowboarding (December 2023)
  • Red Rock Canyon (NV) - scramble (January 2024)
  • Flute & Oboe - split tour (February 2024)
  • Whistler misc. (Train Wreck, Loggers Lake, Shadow Lake etc.) - hike (February 2024)
  • Mount Underhill - hike (March 2024)
  • Bombtram Mountain - snowshoe (March 2024)
  • Steep Peak - split tour (March 2024)
  • Ruby Mountain (WA) - snowshoe (April 2024)
  • Blustry Mountain - hike (April 2024)
  • Sowerby Peak (Barr East) - snowshoe (April 2024)
  • Picacho Peak (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Kitt Peak Observatory (AZ) - (April 2024)
  • Mount Wrightson (AZ) - hike (April 2024)
  • Saguaro Nat'l Park (AZ) - April 2024)
  • Superstition Peak/Benchmark (AZ) - scramble (April 2024)
  • Mount Humphreys (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Petrified Forest Nat'l Park (AZ) - (May 2024)
  • Piestewa Peak (AZ) - hike (May 2024)
  • Channeled Scablands (Columbia Gorge, Ancient Lakes, Potholes Lake, Palouse Falls etc.) - hike/bike (May 2024)
  • Rhododendron Mountain ("Pk. 2220") - snowshoe (June 2024)
  • Flora Peak - hike (June 2024)
  • Gibson Peak - snowshoe (June 2024)
  • Mount Urquhart - scramble (June 2024)
  • Rock Mountain (WA) - hike (July 2024)
  • Ladies Pass Quartet (Cape Horn, Ladies Peak, Snowgrass Mtn. NE Peak, Snowgrass Mtn.) - scramble (July 2024)
  • Old Snowy (WA) - scramble (July 2024)
  • Dog Mountain (WA) - hike (July 2024)
  • Mount Ratney & Mount Bardean - scramble (July 2024)
  • Torrent Peak - scramble (July 2024)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Season Finale - May 31

Agata and I returned from a long weekend of sipping caipirinhas and making the most of the small SoCal surf jonesing for one more frolic in the snow. We had familial obligations in Vancouver that weekend as it was, not to mention the two unused Whistler lift tickets that we wouldn't dare let go to waste. As it turned out, we closed down the mountain on its final day of snow sliding operations for the season. Here's to better conditions next winter!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Mount Rainier - Fuhrer Finger, May 16-17

Preston, John and I (and at least 2 other parties) rode the finger on May 17, with only 2 tracks left behind from the day before. The finger firmed up nicely overnight for good cramponing and no post holing for the length of the chute. There were lots of pebbles whizzing by our heads like bullets and the occasional larger rock that would have knocked one unconscious should it have struck anyone in the mellon. We traversed out onto the Nisqually (the cleaver looked ugly) and encountered strong winds and boot-deep post-holing, but we were behind a strong party of three from Bozeman and the guy out front did all the hard work. Higher up, the winds were making us pretty miserable knocking us around on our tired legs, so we called it a couple of hundred feet below the rim.

The upper Nisqually was soft-packed powder and smooth. The ride down the finger was absolutely ripper corn - no stops from where we entered the finger around 12K to camp at 9.5K. Total descent vertical for the day was over 8000ft. Stoked to have ridden it in such good conditions!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Crystal - Southback, May 9

The high spring avalanche forecast for the weekend warranted a conservative choice of venue for our backcountry riding ambitions. So, off to tempt fate in the familiar surroundings of the Crystal Southback we go. See Preston's excellent report on TAY for a detailed blow-by-blow of our wanderings that day.

Chair Pk - North Slope, May 2

Despite the marginal forecast, Preston and I persevered and made a run at what may arguably be considered THE classic Snoqualmie Pass tour - Chair Peak Circumnavigation. With a party of four skiers in hot pursuit, we managed to break trail through the murky weather to the notch low on Chair's NE Buttress and enjoyed a reasonably nice and smooth descent down to Snow Lake. The rain returned in force shortly after we resumed skinning up towards Chair Peak Lake, at which point it seemed pointless to continue and so we called it and high tailed it for the Alpental Pub. If anyone's counting, this would be my second attempt at the damn circumnav.

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